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Chief Dan Qualman honored with SDA’s Manager of the Year award

Chief Dan Qualman, the manager of the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, was honored for outstanding leadership, dedication and service.

Submitted by South Metro Fire Rescue

At its 37th annual conference, the Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) honored Chief Dan Qualman, the manager of the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA), with SDA’s 2012 Manager of the Year award.

SDA annually presents this award to a special district manager who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and service to their district. The award was announced at the SDA annual conference, which was held in Keystone, Colorado September 19-21.

As Fire Chief for the Parker Fire District, Qualman led a collaborative venture with the Douglas County School District and the Town of Parker to construct the Joint Services Facility.

This facility provides space for a fire training burn simulator, a drill tower, an auditorium, and a classroom. This $4 million project was built through the combined efforts of three governmental agencies, that were able to reduce capital outlay by participating together.

The chief also created the Medical Transport Enterprise within SMFRA, which offsets the costs of providing fire and emergency services to the community.

Chief Qualman is a Lymphoma survivor and actively supports others dealing with cancer.

The SDA is proud to recognize Chief Dan Qualman as the Manager of the Year. To learn more, go to



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